(WKBN) – The Ohio House has passed a bill that will legalize consumer fireworks in the state.
The bill will also allow individuals to discharge consumer-grade fireworks in Ohio on the following days:
- New Year’s Eve/Day
- Chinese New Year
- Cinco de Mayo
- July 3, 4 and 5 and the previous and following weekends
- Labor Day Weekend
- Any other legal holiday
The measure is now up to Governor Mike DeWine
Valley Senator Michael Rulli said at the fireworks the new legislation would eliminate the requirement that people buying fireworks must agree to take them out of state, but it also gives local communities the ability to decide for themselves whether or not to permit the use of fireworks.
“We have an opt out if a community, a township or a municipality is uncomfortable with fireworks discharging. They have the ability to have Home Rule where they can actually opt out of that option,” Rulli said.
Rulli hopes the Governor will sign the measure into law next week. If he does, it will go into effect in 2022.